To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, my roommates attended a commemorative service at
For all official purposes, we weren’t supposed to be there. But in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we needed to be there. Yes, Dr. King fought for Blacks to have equal rights, but he fought for much more than that. He fought for racial reconciliation. He fought so that “little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as brothers and sisters.” He fought so Blacks and Whites could march for freedom together. But if it hadn’t been for me and three of my white roommates, there would have been no whites marching with those influential people. We were the only ones. Segregation still exists, though it looks much different today. Well I am here to tell you that we cannot stand for that! Blacks used to force themselves into white lunch counters and bus seats and today, I will force myself into a black neighborhood and march, regardless of if others think I am supposed to be there or not. I will honor Dr. King and the beautiful vision he had for this nation. Will you?